William Biddle Shepard

William Biddle Shepard ( born May 14, 1799 in New Bern, North Carolina, † June 20, 1852 in Elizabeth City, North Carolina ) was an American politician. From 1829 to 1837 he represented the State of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


After primary school, William Shepard studied until 1813 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He then continued his studies at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia continued. After studying law and qualifying as a lawyer, he began first in Camden County and to work later in Elizabeth City in this profession. In addition, Shepard went into the banking business.

Politically, he was an opponent of President Andrew Jackson. Mid-1830s he became a member of the Whig party. In the congressional elections of 1828, he became the first constituency of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Lemuel Sawyer on March 4, 1829. After three re- elections, he was able to complete in Congress until March 4, 1837 four legislative sessions. These were determined from the discussions about the policy of simultaneously acting President Jackson. It was about the controversial implementation of the Indian Removal Act, which Nullifikationskrise with the State of South Carolina and banking policy of the President. From 1835 to 1837 Shepard was chairman of the Committee for the administration of the Federal District District of Columbia.

1836 Shepard waived on a bid again. In the years 1838 to 1840 and from 1848 to 1850 he sat in the Senate of North Carolina. Since 1838 he was curator of the University of North Carolina. William Shepard died on June 20, 1852 in Elizabeth City.